US College for the deaf revokes president's appointment following student protests

Monday, October 30, 2006

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A story says that "the governing board of Gallaudet University yesterday revoked the appointment of the school's incoming president, giving in to the demands of students, faculty, and others whose protests have kept the school for the deaf in turmoil for the past month.
The board, meeting in a closed session in Virginia, voted to terminate Jane Fernandes's position as president-designate, and said she would not take over for President I. King Jordan as planned on Jan. 1. They said the decision was made with "much regret and pain."
The news set off a wild celebration at Gallaudet's District of Columbia campus, with student protest leaders cheering and embracing one another. Protesters also shredded a large effigy of Fernandes and set it on fire.
"I'm elated. I'm so excited right now," said LaToya Plummer, a leader among the opposition to Fernandes. "The next step is to focus on how we want to improve the search process."
The decision "feels very good," said student body president Noah Beckman, who helped lead the protests. Some students carried cases of beer across campus and shared in celebration with their professors.
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